June 10, 2010
Writer: Writer: Ryan Kunz

The Department of Computer Science & Engineering recently received a donation of equipment valued at $500,000.

After Agilent Technologies closed its facility in Spokane, Wash., one of its former employees, Richard Grimmett, came to work at BYU-Idaho. Grimmett helped coordinate the donation.

This equipment is used for designing, building, and testing electronic circuits. It includes equipment for building and testing both wireless communication systems (such as wireless networking, cellular, and other wireless communications circuits) and wired communications systems (such as Ethernet systems).

The donation is especially helpful given the department's new degree, electrical engineering, which will begin in the Fall 2010 Semester.

"Electrical engineering is a very expensive program," said Eric Karl, the department chair. "This equipment will provide our students with state-of-the-art laboratory experiences. We're very blessed to get this equipment. The Lord is taking care of His students."